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10 Wedding Registry Ideas for the Couple Who Loves Their Cannabis

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From botanical wedding paper suites to hippie-chic home decor, here are 10 wedding registry ideas for cannabis-friendly couples.

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When You Should Send Your Thank You Notes, and 9 Other Crucial Thank You Note FAQs

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Jennifer Spector, brand director at Zola, has your complete guide to your wedding thank you notes—from when to send your thank you notes to the wording.

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Wedding Thank You Cards for Spring and Summer Weddings

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Here are our favorite Zola thank you cards for spring and summer weddings: Think floral, tropical, nautical, and so much more.

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These Wedding Registry Picks May Not Be Sexy, But They’re Totally Necessary

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From trash cans to vacuums, these wedding registry items may not be sexy, but they’re definitely useful and deserving of a spot on your list.

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The Low-Key Sexy Wedding Gifts You’ll Want to Add to Your Registry

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These sexy wedding gifts are subtle enough not to offend your in-laws, and definitely deserve a spot on your registry.

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Wedding Invitation Upgrades: Which Ones Are Really Worth It?

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Some wedding invitation upgrades are worth it, and some just plain aren’t. Here’s what to keep in mind.

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How to Decide Between Paper or Digital RSVPs

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In the age of technology, digital RSVP cards are becoming more and more popular. Here’s how to decide between paper and digital RSVPs.

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Did You Know: You Can Register for Hulu, Uber, and Other Gift Cards

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With engagement season soon upon us (more than 40 percent of Zola couples start wedding planning between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day!), I’m prepping to give my registry spiel to many newly engaged couples. The quick talking points?

  1. Asking for gifts isn’t greedy—Great-Aunt Jean just wants to celebrate your love with a mixer.

  2. Make sure you register for more plates than you think you need, because plates break.

And 3. Don’t sleep on adding experiential gifts in the form of gift cards. Wedding guests love knowing what they’re contributing to. Giving a Fandango gift card to your favorite movie buff couple is so much more gratifying than a plain old check. Check out Zola’s latest experiential launches to register for, including (but definitely not limited to) Hulu, Uber, Home Depot, StubHub, and more.

See more: 15 Seriously Unique Wedding Registry Ideas

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8 Registry Picks for Pie Lovers

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7 Pumpkin-Spice Inspired Registry Picks

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Here’s a novel idea: look to the pumpkin as style inspo for all the months on the calendar. Seriously though, 1970’s-style oranges and golds are having a moment, and they’re anything BUT basic. Right now, I’m drooling over Zola’s updated selection of velvet pillows, poufs, even a classic stand mixer in a beautiful autumnal shade. I’m partial to the hues that remind me of falling leaves and fall lattes. What’s not to love? My rec for anyone registering: Add some cozy pumpkin spice-inspired pieces and elicit smiles for so many years to come. After all, these hues are retro and timeless!

See more: The Best Pumpkin Beauty Products for Fall Bridesmaid Gifts

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7 Invitations Inspired By Our Favorite Celeb Weddings

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You Won't Believe These Registry Finds Are Under $25

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We all know that you can’t put an exact price on happiness—but you can find it at an affordable price point From can’t-live-without shower speakers, to adorable ramekins for holiday desserts galore, some very popular gifts on Zola cost less than $25.

I recommend registering for a generous handful of gifts at this point so that every guest (even the broke college-aged cousins) can find something in their budget that they’re actually excited to give you. Plus, if you’re having engagement parties and showers, people tend to adhere to the 60-20-20 rule: 40% of their gift budget goes to your pre-wedding events like engagement party and wedding shower, and then 60% towards the big day. So you’ll want to provide tons of affordable picks in addition to the bigger-ticket items you’ve always dreamed of like your fancy vacuums, Waterford crystal, etc.

Here are my under-$25 faves that happen to be universally-adored by couples and guests.

Jennifer Spector is the Director of Brand Strategy and Newlywed-At-Large at Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love.

See more: The Most Popular Registry Picks In Every Single State

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Instagram-Worthy Dinnerware You Need For Your Next Dinner Party

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The verdict is in: Couples are officially obsessed with artisanal dinnerware. And I have a theory why. At-home entertainment is on the rise, and so is the value placed on the aesthetics of any given night out (ie: is this tablescape worth a snap? A still? A story?). So really, upgrading your dinnerware is both a treat for you two and your future guests. Right now, I’m seeing tons of handmade, matte-finish, pastel plates and bowls on my feed, which read both classic and on-trend. Find your perfect dinnerware upgrades from these gorgeous, non-basic brands.

See more: 15 Classically Beautiful Blue and White Plates

Jennifer Spector is the Director of Brand Strategy and Newlywed-At-Large at Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love.

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4 Real Couples Share Their Rainy Wedding Stories

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Whether it’s a little sprinkle or a Category 5 Hurricane, there’s truly no right or wrong way to do a rainy wedding day—especially when your entire day-of checklist gets turned upside down. I spoke to four different Zola couples and got their own unique stories, sage advice, and creative ways of dealing with (and celebrating) the forecast. Spoiler alert: they all have the BEST, most romantic photos ever.

1. Alyssa & Dan, Albany, NY

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About a week before the wedding, Hurricane Harvey was downgraded to a tropical storm and heading toward Upstate New York, where our wedding venue was located. My parents live near the venue, and I’m so grateful for it—they were quickly able to put our rain plan into action. They worked with the rental company to not only confirm the tent, but also add tented walkways from the cocktail hour and ceremony tent to the main barn. Of course I was worried, but we just felt so fortunate that we weren’t one of the weddings completely devastated by the hurricane.

On the big day, our photographer was amazing. I’m so glad that we took the risk to venture outside the tent for photos (and that my hairdresser gave me a helmet of hairspray). It was worth it for the priceless, beautifully-lit photos. Even if it meant stepping through wet grass and mud.

The rain really brought a sense of closeness and community to our ceremony. Maybe our guests weren’t expecting to be huddled under the tent during the ceremony, but standing under the chuppah Dan and I felt surrounded by everyone’s love and support.

My thought is, it can rain on any day. Don’t let that stop you from having the wedding you want. Talk through rain plans with all vendors (venue, photographer, hairdresser, florist, etc.) because they will all be impacted. You will probably ruin your shoes. But I’m completely honest when I say, we wouldn’t have changed anything.

2. Barbara & Mandy, Boston, MA

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Everyone reassured us it wasn’t going to rain, but my partner and I were pretty sure it would. About 10 minutes before the ceremony, it started to downpour.

Our venue has a great porch outside of the function room which is where they moved the ceremony. Our hair stayed in perfect place because we ended up inside and it was the perfect temperature. Our photographer was amazing, and the cloudy sky right before the rain was actually was the perfect lighting!

It ended up being an unbelievably intimate ceremony. Everyone gathered closely around us and our officiant instead of sitting back in chairs as we had planned. The rain in the background was beautiful, and a steeple of a little church rose up behind us.

A rainy wedding just makes for a memorable and unique time. We really think that our rain was lucky. My parents had rain for their wedding, and they have been together forever now.

3. Marissa & Donato, Asheville, NC

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We got married at the end of a very bad hurricane season, and already had to change a bunch of other plans (bridal shower, dress fittings, etc.) because of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. I thought the season was over until we found out about Hurricane Nate a few days before our wedding. I thought, oh, it will never hit this area. But 48 hours before the wedding, we realized we needed to move everything indoors.

The best advice came from my little cousin who was hearing me lament about how beautiful the scenery “would have been” on a nice day. It was a destination wedding and I was so upset that the reality was going to be so different from my vision. But she made me realize that the only one who had that idealized picture in my head was me. No one else was coming in with the same expectations. And I thought of all the people who were impacted by Irma and Maria whose weddings were completely cancelled. Homes were lost. A little rain isn’t so bad.

At the venue, we had to bring the whole ceremony indoors. There was a nice fireplace in the reception barn that we were able to use as the backdrop. After the ceremony, we put everyone under a tent, flipped the ceremony into the reception, and brought everyone back inside. Our florist also did a great job decorating the tent—she hung suspended flowers from the inside peaks of the tent and gave it some romantic lighting.

Everyone was forced to be together in a small space, instead of spread out, so it really brought everyone closer. The ladies weren’t afraid to pick up their dresses and get a little wet. Donato and I went out there in the rain for pictures and everyone was cheering us on. If you’re happy, laughing, and loving your day, your guests will too!

See more: A Mississippi Couple Comes to the Rescue of a Stranger’s Rained-Out Beach Wedding

4. Emily & David, New York, NY

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Some of our closest friends and family (who had the best intentions!), checked the weather report every day leading up to our wedding. I wish I had done a better job of tuning that out, because that was as stressful as the impending storm itself.

My husband was the calm during the storm, literally. He reminded me every day that our wedding was going to be beautiful in the sun, rain, or snow. I also had an amazing photographer who convinced me that wedding photos are even more dreamy in the rain, and he was totally right! We did have to make a ton of changes for our big day, though. We had to rent extra heat lamps, procure an extra tent to cover the outdoor space during our cocktail hour, and move the location where we were going to have our first look.

When I woke up on our wedding day I couldn’t have cared less if it was 80 degrees or below 30 (it was below 30). I woke up smiling and happy because it was our wedding day. Nothing could get me down. I would say to all of the wedding guests out there that the most annoying thing you can ever say to a rainy-day couple is that it’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day. It’s not good luck. Every couple hopes to get married on a radiant, sunny day. But my advice to other couples is that the weather is going to be what it is going to be—the show must go on!

Jennifer Spector is the Director of Brand Strategy and Newlywed-At-Large at Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love

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